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this morning on "early today," decision day. americans head to the polls to decide key races with national implications. golden state gusher. a 20-foot high geyser erupts on a los angeles county street. and love bu researchers say they've figured out why humans began locking lips. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning, everyone, i'm dan kloeffler. and today we begin with decision 2009. it may be an off cycle election
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year, nevertheless, there is widespread interest today as voters head to the polls in key races across the country. whether it is on the city, state, or national level, today is the public's chance to choose their leadership and have their say on some important laws. nbc's tracie potts kicks off our coverage live in washington with a look at today's key races. good morning to you. >> reporter: dan, good morning. there's been a bit a turn around in the last year. one year ago today, democrats had a big election day. they won both the presidency and both houses of congress. this, of course, is an off election year, but still, that party is struggling to hold on in some key statewide races. virginia and new jersey could both turn red today. both states voted obama last year, but today their democrats for governor are struggling. new jersey's jon corzine is trying to hold on to hisseat and tap the nearly 1/2 million
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new voters there who backed obama. he's neck and neck with republican chris christy. in virginia, bob mcdonald came from behind and had a double digit lead. democrats are walking a tight rope, trying to win obama supporters but distance himself. >> i'm my own guy. >> president obama campaigned for both democrats, but analysts say washington backlash could work against him. >> anti-tax, anti-big government message is the winning message for republicans in the obama era. >> reporter: democrats caught a break when the republican dropped out and endorsed the democrat against the conservative. and on maine's ballot deciding whether to roll back the same sex marriage law. and washington is watching these races very closely. in fact, the white house attributes voter frustration to the tens of millions of people
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out there, dan, who can't find a job. >> all right. nbc's tracie potts live for us in washington. thank you for that this morning. secretary of state hillary clinton is standing firm on an international offer to reduce iran's ability to develop a nuclear weapon. calling it a "pivotal moment." clinton urged tehran to fully accept a deal that would allow it to ship nuclear material to other nations for processing. also addressed the middle east peace process with tough words for israel, which said it would restrict but not halt new settlements in palestinian areas. clinton, prompted in part by arab outrage said that offer quote falls far short of u.s. expectations. hours after securing a second term as afghanistan's president, hamid karzai got a call from washington, it was from president obama. he congratulated karzai on his victory, but also sternly warned him that something needs to be done about the corruption in afghanistan's government. concerns about fraud plaguing that country's election is what
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caused karzai's main challenger to pull out of saturday's runoff prompting afghanistan's election commission to call off that race. now, here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. a geyser shot high in the sky in california when a massive water main broke there. pressure from that ruptured 54-inch pipe caused water to explode 20 feet above the payment. it took firefighters more than an hour to have that geyser subd subdued. the busted pipe carried recycled water for industrial purposes. one man in new jersey turned a house's dining room into a bit of a garage. the errant driver lost control and plowed right through the wall of a two-story house. no one, thankfully, in that house was injured, but the man behind the wheel was taken to a local hospital. an elephant in wisconsin got herself into some deep trouble. the 31-year-old african elephant somehow slipped into the mote. she was trapped in that 6-foot
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channel for over four hours. eventually, though, zoo officials fashioned a set of stairs and she eventually climbed out. and it wasn't quite dewey defeats truman, but close. when broke out the world series champagne too early. the philadelphia enquirer declared the phillies back to back world champions. not only premature, but when the yankees were leading the series 3 games to 1. the enquirer saying it deeply regrets the mistake. oops. now for a look at the nation and regional weather. here's bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, good morning to you. >> good morning. do all that stuff ahead of time and sehow it slipped into the wrong hands -- >> days ahead of time, perhaps. >> if they turn out to be right -- >> well, then they save themselves some cash, i suppose. >> i suppose.
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let's talk about this forecast. very simple for this election day. there's going to be very, very little use of umbrellas today. there's no really wet weather anywhere on the map. the temperature forecast. it's chilly in the east this morning, temperature down the 40s in georgia this morning. really only southern florida's really warm. so with all of the dry air in place, it's mostly just a cold start. the afternoon, we'll try to warm it up a little bit with the sunshine. notice we're only 41 in the queen city in charlotte and only in the 30s in detroit over into chicago. and you notice there's not a lot of moisture available. a little bit near cape canaveral off of florida. we've had lake effect snow showers in the great lakes. cooler air and another reenforcing shot of cool air from canada. and when i say canadian air, it's dry. low humidity levels. when you get the low humidity, you don't see many clouds. look at the temperatures in the southeast this afternoon, temperatures in the 60s and 70s, but where the clouds linger in the mid-atlantic, we'll struggle
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to get out of the 50s during the day. that's a look at your tuesday forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. sunshine in indianapolis, 51 today, norfolk, virginia, right around 66, sarasota, florida, one of the warmer spots at 80 today, south florida in the mid to upper 80s. that's the only area i'd consider even warm. well, dan, tuesday looks nice, wednesday, well, you'll have to wait. >> the ultimate tease right there, but no excuse for weather for not voting. >> i don't have much on the table. >> thank you, bill. manufacturing jumps, home sales spike, and stocks soar. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, yeah -- i know, it seems impossible, but the couple america loves to hate makes america hate them more. a sudden shootout and the phillies live to play another
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day. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, everyone, and welcome back to "early today." i'm dan kloeffler, and here are some of your top headlines this tuesday morning. according to the "london daily telegraph" there is fury in poland after russia carried out simulated war games practicing an attack on poland. citing documents obtained by a polish news magazine, reports it involved about 13,000 troops from russia and belle rouge. a new assessment of the world species shows that over 1,100 species of fresh water fish are threatened with extinction. the annual survey found that over 1/3 of all species around the world are facing extinction.
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meanwhile, another study shows that the snow cap of mt. kilimanjaro could be completely gone in two decades. the likely culprit, global warming. researchers found that in 2007 the ice sheet on africa's tallest peak was a whopping 85% smaller compared to data collected in 1912. and london's daily telegraph reports that researchers in england believe there's an actual scientific reason for kissing. they say that kissing develops so that a man could spread a specific virus, one that is dangerous in pregnancy to his female partner. now, kissing helps build up immunity to that virus. so when she does become pregnant, the odds of her baby becoming infected are much lower. so pucker up, it's for your health. now here's an early look at wall street. the dow opens at 9,789 after climbing 76 points. the s&p gained 6, the nasdaq
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inched up 4. taking a look at overseas. nikkei closed for a holiday, hang seng dropped 380 points. volatility seems to be the new norm on wall street now that nths of slow and steady gains have flipped to drastic highs and lows, mostly it's because investors are trying to gauge the pace of the economy. stocks climbed higher on monday after the institute for pply management reported unexpectedly rapid growth in manufacturing. in fact, the sector grew at the fastest pace in 3 1/2 years. more surprising news came from the housing market with word that pending home sales rose for the eighth straight month now. add to that an increase to construction spending, which some folks expected to drop, and the markets were up nearly 1% across the board. but some critical comments from the federal reserve knocked the wind out of investor sales. a fed official warned the nation's banks still face "significnt stress and weaknesses amid an unsteady
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commercial real estate market" stay tuned for more from the fed tomorrow when it wraps up its two-day policy meeting. stocks slipped off their highs of the day, but ford's impressive earnings report provided encouragement. the automaker turned in nearly $1 billion in quarterly profit with the help of drastic cutbacks for cash for clunkers. and after the bell, ford broke that stanley will buy black & decker in a $4.5 billion all stock deal. the combined companies would create the largest tool maker. black & decker shot up 21% in late trading. what would you do to earn a quick $10,000 in just five weeks? well, that's what charman is offering to be one of five elm bas ambassadors for the holiday bathrooms in time square. top qualification for this -- this is no joke, all candidates
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must really, really enjoy going to the bathroom. now, i don'tnow who you put down for a reference, maybe a plumber. but get creative for $10,000. the celtics beat a different type of buzzers and the saints and falcons burning up in the super dome. the phillies' one man recking crew. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. the weather pattern remains quiet. we will, though, see record highs in the desert southwest. your regional forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, everyone. i'm barbara harrison. straight ahead on "news 4 today," two teenagers found dead inside a northern virginia home. what might have been the motive behind the violence. election day is here. the big local races up for grabs and how they could change the national political landscape. and the holiday shopping season is almost here. how toet the job done without
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breaking the bank. join us for "news 4 t and good morning, everyone. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, in the world series, well, new york yankee fans may have been planning a victory parade, the phillies made it clear last night that the fall classic is not over yet. fred roggin with an early look at all of your sports headlines. >> good morning, with their backs against the wall, the phillies scored early and often against the yankees to force a game six for the world series. yanks wasted no time getting on the board. rodriguez with an rbi double, new york up 1-0, and looked like they were well on their way to another title, but the phillies came storming back in the bottom of the inning. chase utley hitting the cover
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off the ball. put the fills up 3-1. a.j. burnett was pitching on three day's rest, perhaps should've waited four. part of a three-run third and the phils led it 6-1. chase utley again, he took the second homer of the game, five in the series, tieing utley with yankees legend reggie jackson. the phils live to play another day, they won it 8-6. phillies and yankees travel for tomorrow's game six. first pitch 8:00 eastern on wednesday night. basketball, the boston celts have agreed to a five-year $50 million contract extension. the 23-year-old guard averaging under seven points and three assists per game. if you like scoring, this is for you. second quarter, a jump pass to marcus colten, the saints tied it at 14. matt ryan around 68 yards down the sideline.
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falcons down 28-21. a field goal to cut the lead to four, but that's as close as they would get. pierre thomas up and over. new orleans a perfect 7-0 for the win. i'm fre roggin. well, what is the world coming to when madonna can't even get her own boyfriend a job? your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, just being the only marching band of their kind makes them proud. but these guys aregoing to the rose bowl parade despite what some might consider an insurmountable handicap. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back. now that we're in the beginning of november, these are what the temperatures should be. these are the average highs for this time of year. a lot of 50s and 60s, only 70s and 80s extreme southern portions. and today is what you call an average day. no big storms, temperatures are near average. the only place that's a little cooler than normal is goingo be the great lakes. and then that cooler air will shift wednesday through new england. only slightly cooler than normal. very quiet and typical november week so far. well, if you're watching us on wcau nbc 10 in philadelphia, accept the sports challenge and experience the adrenaline of an athlete through virtual reality and learn about the role science plays in sports. that's at franklin institute. and that's your eastern event of
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the day, dan. maybe we can all chase utley and hit home run after home run in the world series. >> some people have got the dreams of that and we'll see how everything plays out. here's an early look at this morning's headlines and entertainment. is madonna losing some of her showbiz pull. despite heavy lobbying from the ma material matron, her boyfriend will not be the next face of louis vitton. robert wagner on the verge of hitting his 60th year in movies and tv will appear on csi. you want to know why some people can't stand heidi montag and spencer pratt. check out the review of their book. "how to be famous, our guide to playing the part" includes a chapter on women's weapons of
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masmass destruction, which mont reveals to be tears. according to heidi, even the most hardened villainess. there may be one genuine thought when pratt says if i weren't me, i'd hate me. we'll move right along. this comes to us from nbc 4 in columbus, ohio. where high school kids who are already overcoming tremendous challenges are working overtime. the world's only blind marching band has stepped up their already busy training schedule. they're preparing for the tournament of roses parade on new year's day in california. and talk about overcoming challenges, any band would be honored to be chosen, but it's all the more special to be the first blind band ever selected. i'm dan kloeffler, and this is "early today." just your first stop of today
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the lights of washington, d.c. on a tuesday morning. nice tuesday out there right now. a little chillier than it was at this time yesterday. 46 degrees our current temperature. good morning. welcome. we're glad you're with us. i'm barbara harrison. >> and i'm jim handly in this morning for joe krebs. >> we want to start things off, as we always do, with a look at weather and traffic. tom's here to tell us what we can expect from the weather. it is on the cool side out there. >> some areas of frost to our north this morning. temperatures near 40s in the nearby suburbs, mid-40s in washington and near the bay. but elsewhere, yeah, mart tinsbg down to 33. frosty cold out in the mountains of western maryland, west virginia. eastern shore in the low 40s. we've got a clear sky all around the region, a few clouds in the ohio valley. those will be moving in perhaps through the middle part of the day, but overall mostly sunny
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with highs reaching the low 60s this afternoon and a clear night tonight. may have some patchy fros not the rural areas tomorrow morng, then on wednesday and thursday partly to mostly cloudy, highs cooler n the low to mid-50s. friday should be sunny. a look at the weekend coming up. >> thank you very much. >> thank you, tom. >> let's see what jerry has to say about the traffic. >> let's do. a first check on the roads. hi, jerry. >> hey, barbara and jim. welcome. tom, good morning to you. good morning, everyone. as we take a live look, capital beltway north of town, right the inner loop, left side the outer loop, no worries, very quiet commute. elsewhere had a bunch of road work in the overnight hours, of course, over the capital beltway around i-66 and at 236. south of town, wilson bridge we're in good shape. no early hang-ups along i-270. barbara, jim, back to you. >> all right, jerry, thank you. >> thank you, jerry. here's a look at the top stories happening right now. it's election day. in virginia the polls open in just about one hour. voters will be choosing either republican bob mcdonnell or democrat creigh deeds to be the next governor.
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the office of lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 seats of the house of delegates are also up for grabs today. >> police in prince william county, virginia, are investigating the deaths of two forest park high school students. police tell us it's possible that it was a murder-suicide. a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man were found shot to death yesterday evening inside a home in the 3900 block here of oak dale circle. >> lawyers for convicted sniper john allen muhammad plan on filing an appeal today to the u.s. supreme court, hoping to spare their client's life. they claim muhammad is mentally ill, with his condition worsened by his service in the gulf war. the supreme court has banned executing the mentally ill. >> the federal reserve begins two days of meetings today. it's expected to leave interest rates at a record low even though the economy started growing again last quarter. most of that expansion came from government-sponsored programs and unemployment is expected to climb even higher. >> this morning there is anger
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and solidarity on the campus of georgetown university. >> that's right. in the past week, there have been two gay-related attacks on students, and as jackie bensen shows us, hundreds have bound together now to show their support for the victims. >> reporter: emotion ran high as hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil to support two georgetown university students, victims of two separate antigay attacks since last week. both incidents occurred off campus. early sunday morning at 36th and m street, a male student was punched and beaten by someone who questioned his sexual orientation. last tuesday, a female student wearing a t-shirt traffic and weather on the 1sing gay rights was assaulting while walking along canal road. >> fortunately, no one was killed here. we never know when that might happen. we all need to be vigilant. >> reporter: the head of the
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chapper of gays and lesbians opposing violence, had a startling statistic. >> over 75% of the hate crimes in this city are based on sexual orientation or gender identity. nationally, that statistic is only 15%. >> reporter: jackie bensen, news 4. >> georgetown university has issued a statement deploring these crimes and they have issued extra patrols as well. >> stay with us, everybody. "news 4 today" continues at 5:00 a.m. election day. after months of campaigning, desion day is here. the local race that has hundreds watching ac

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